Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It takes our best science writers, plus readers current with the whimsical new language of particle physics, to keep up with the leapfrog pace of theory and observation today. Fortunately, Asimov does his part in this report on recent theoretical physics developments that includes just enough history to add human dimension to the latest discussions of the nature of matter. Missing here are the characteristic Asimov metaphors and asides, suggesting that, while juggling so many pure concepts at once, he chooses not to distract his readers. No matter, they will welcome this straightforward guide to the Alice-like world of down-quarks, muons, leptons and other subatomic particles--most of which are believed to exist but have not yet been seen. When information does start coming in from the supercollider, this will be a worthy book to have at hand. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452268340
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Series: Truman Talley Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 337,231
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Matter
Dividing Matter Elements Atomism Triumphant The Reality of Atoms The Differences Among Atoms

Chapter Two: Light
Particles and Waves The Four Phenomena Combining the Phenomena Extending the Spectrum Dividing Energy

Chapter Three: Electrons
Dividing Electricity Cathode-Ray Particles X Rays Electrons and Atoms Electrons and Quanta Waves and Particles

Chapter Four: Nuclei
Probing the Atom Positively Charged Particles Atomic Numbers Spectral Lines

Chapter Five: Isotopes
Nuclear Energy Nuclear Varieties Half-Lives Stable Nuclear Varieties

Chapter Six: Neutrons
Protons and Electrons Protons and Neutrons Nuclear Reactions Artificial Isotopes

Chapter Seven: Breakdowns
Mass Defect Nuclear Fission Nuclear Fusion Breakdown Particles

Chapter Eight: Antimatter
Antiparticles Cosmic Rays Particle Accelerators Baryons

Chapter Nine: Neutrinos
Saving the Laws of Conservation Detecting the Antineutrino Detecting the Neutrino Other Leptons Unstable Particles Neutrino Varieties

Chapter Ten: Interactions
The Strong Interaction The Weak Interaction The Electroweak Interaction

Chapter Eleven: Quarks
The Hadron Zoo Inside Hadrons Quantum Chromodynamics

Chapter Twelve: The Universe
The Mystery of the Missing Mass The End of the Universe The Beginning of the Universe

Index

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